Video interview of me!

Carl Tyer of Sound Images produced this cool slideshow video interview of me.  In it I discuss my background and my inspiration for this year’s line of clothing for the Redress Raleigh Eco-Fashion Show.
http://vimeo.com/98453136

Additional photography by Elizabeth Galecke Photography. 

 

All within less than two weeks…

On December 1, I’m moving into a studio space in the VERY cool Carter Building on Glenwood South in Raleigh.  I will be sharing the space with a marvelous painter, Julie Cardillo.   The specific address is 22 Glenwood Avenue, Studio 11C.

We will even have our own door right off of Glenwood Avenue!!  So, you can’t get lost inside the building (which is super packed full of fantastic artists, including Zass Design, Lucky Accessories, and Metamorphosis Metals.

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So, the following weekend is a HUGE final push for me before the end of the year!!  I will be celebrating my first FIRST FRIDAY in our studio on December 6.  More details when we iron those out, asap…

Then on December 7, I will be at the wonderful Elf Fair at the Artscenter in Carrboro!!!  Last year was the first time I’ve participated in it, and I had a really awesome time!!  Carrboro is always a great and creative town to poke around in, anyway!!

OK… Then finally, on December 8, I will be in Raleigh for the 21st Annual Boylan Heights Artwalk!!  I will be on the porch at 410 S. Boylan Street!!  My porch-mate for the day will be Janet Harriman of Harriman Jewelry.  Her work looks wonderful.  I am looking forward to meeting her!

Yes.  That is going to be QUITE the weekend!!!  I’m looking forward to new project ideas and expanding to having my work in other cities.

2014 is going to be EVEN better than 2013 has been!!  That’s saying a lot!!


Kim

A very successful, fun, and exhausting weekend!!

Last weekend was a busy SATURDAY.  I crammed two big events into one day.  I’m not sure how I did that… being motivated to help out a good cause sure motivates!  I sure felt it the next day.  Some kind of an adrenaline hangover if that’s possible.

First was The Handmade Market.  Definitely one of the very best I’ve been part of.  I think that everyone that attended was extra excited to see so many fabulous artists!!  There were a lot of cool vendors.  A new one, The Zen Succulent, was set up next to my spot.  Margaret and Megan had the coolest air plants, Japanese moss balls, and aqua terrariums!!!!  The Japanese moss balls they had were so perfect and round, and were 5 and 25 years old…  and they let me hold one!  Very cool stuff!!

The day had yummy coffee, food, and the best 60’s and 70’s R&B!!  You’d look around, and both vendors and customers were grooving, dancing to the music all day!  Such a great vibe.  The Handmaidens really know how to put on a fantastic event.  It’s a gorgeous space, they prepare things so perfectly for the vendors, had the BEST poster for any show ever, the best people volunteered, and there’s just so much mutual appreciation and love for other artists and vendors.  Not a jealous or negative bone in the building!!

So, that was from 10-5.  Right after I packed up, with the help of my dear boyfriend, I walked across Moore Square to Marbles Kids Museum for Activate Good’s Couture for a Cause.
I had created two garments to be auctioned off with Hospice of Wake County as my inspiration, to bring attention to that non-profit, and raise money for Activate Good.  One was a Ready-to-Wear jacket.  The other was an Art-to-Wear piece.  My RTW jacket brought in the highest bid of the category!!!!  My ATW piece was a longer jacket with a luna moth designed into it.  That one went for the second highest bid of that category!!  I am so excited!!  It was such a rush… so exhilarating!!  What a feeling to inspire people to give to a nonprofit I feel so strongly about!!!  My model, Marissa Magnusson, was incredible, energetic, and a total love!!!  I hope we work together again!!!!

There were some other gorgeous pieces there!  Ford Bowden & Kim Ring and Claudia Corletto did some beeee-eautiful work!!  My particular favorite was by my friend Margo of Rocket Betty designs.  She was designing for The Art of Cool.  She stitched actual paper sheet music into the bottom of the dress and at the shoulders, and even stitched about 680 crystal rhinestones in by hand!!!!  She’s pretty amazing.  She kind of saved my butt, too, for the show.  Since my first piece was a waist-length jacket, and whomever was bidding on it was to expect to go home with the WHOLE OUTFIT…. Margo created a super chic black shift dress to wear underneath!!!  It was stunning.  I never could have pulled that off as well nor as quickly as she did.  I definitely feel she’s in part responsible for the great bid on my Ready to Wear look.

I have some wonderful friends.  I heard the girls from Redress Raleigh and Carrie Reuben cheering in the audience.  And one of Margo’s friends, Lori, was there, too, and she’s been very sweet and supportive and I consider her a lovely new friend.

There is a lot of encouragement and there are positive people around me.  Every day, I am aware how lucky I am.   Thank you, readers, too!!!!

XOXO

Pre-show photos by Raleigh Static Jason Rizzo

The last photo is Margo with her Art to Wear dress on her model Shelby.

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Clothes with Heart

A very lovely blog by friend and Redress Raleigh member, Carrie.

Green Thread

Fashion season doesn’t wrap in Raleigh until one special show comes to town. Couture for a Cause is an annual event that matches local designers with local non-profits to create garments that represent the organizations’ missions. It’s a unique show that highlights hometown talent, a few worthy causes, and it’s happening tonight.

One of the biggest reasons I like this event is because it’s about more than leggy models and expensive couture. Many of the designers have personal reasons for supporting the organizations they choose, and they’re using their talents to give back. This week, I spoke with Kim Kirchstein of Leopold Designs who will have two pieces in the show supporting Hospice of Wake County.

Kim grew up in a home with physically handicapped parents — her mother with Polio, her dad with MS — and while it was tough when she lost both of them to their…

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Why I’m doing a Hospice fundraiser this Sunday…

This Sunday is Pop Up Sunday in the parking lot of Ornamentea at 509 N. West Street, downtown Raleigh.

I’m doing an Indigo & Shibori/tie-dye demo that you can take home a piece of with you!!

Since I picked Hospice of Wake County for the charity to raise funds for… I thought I would share my reasons why.

Why I am raising money for Hospice of Wake County…

My brother and I grew up with both parents physically handicapped.  Mom contracted Polio from the vaccine I got as an infant… the doctor forgot to vaccinate her.  Dad developed Multiple Sclerosis a few years after that.

You might think this would be a depressing situation… after all, they’d met while skiing in Vermont. But they couldn’t have been a more cheery, optimistic couple!!   They were the best team, and never felt sorry for themselves.  They just showed non-stop love for each other and me and my brother.  I know this is how my Dad lived such a long time – a remarkable 30+ years – with MS.

In late 2005, after some health set-backs, Mom and Dad looked into Hospice of Wake County to help them out.  The Hospice nurses came to their house frequently for several months.  They were always a joy to see, and we all felt their love and sincerity.  At one point, their team had gotten a wound doctor to finally heal a bed sore Dad had suffered with for several years.  He felt so much better – seemed even to be bouncing back so much that he was afraid he was no longer eligible for Hospice’s services any more!

Well, they stuck with him, and eased the decade-long tremendous pain he’d had (but never admitted to us until then), and he eventually died peacefully in his sleep one night.

Having Dad at home was absolutely critical to my parents’ happiness.

Four years later, my Mom passed away.  The loss of both parents is unbelievably harder than the first.  I thought I was strong and rational enough to get through, but finally realized I needed help and gave the Hospice Grief Counselor a call.  He listened so patiently and to every single word I said.  This guy knew his “stuff”!! He was so professional and skilled; he was able to relate to me so effectively.  He helped me validate my feelings and manage them as a survivor of people I love and miss so much.

I am forever grateful to Hospice of Wake County for making the hardest times in my life survivable, and to feel more at peace.

Kim

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A wonderful blog post from Redress’s Mor Aframian

I’m absolutely tickled by the really lovely post Mor wrote on her visit to my studio last week!  Enjoy, and subscribe to Redress Raleigh’s blog.  They’re really worth the read!!

http://redressraleigh.com/blog/2013/5/7/day-in-the-life-of-leopold-design

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Here’s a slideshow I made recently

Here is a slideshow I made recently.  To be honest, it was put together pretty quickly, but I think it might be a fun thing for you out there to see once or twice.
There’s a segment in the middle of this of part of my process from pinning fabric on the table through steaming on the stove.
And there are a LOT of photos of pieces still on my work table.  I like those a lot.